Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Apr. 28, 2017 - Apr. 30, 2017, 10am-5pm
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Luthy is partnering with local garden groups/organizations to bring you a spring plant sale. It’s an opportunity to find unique perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals…everything you need to make your garden beautiful! Plan on topping off your vegetable garden with a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and veggies....none. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-686-3362
Area: Peoria

Apr. 29, 2017 - Apr. 29, 2017, Arrive 9AM Autohaus of Peoria. Depart for Ottawa at 10AM
Start: Autohaus of Peoria. 2322 W. Van Winkle Way Peoria IL 61615, End: The Lone Buffalo Restaurant Ottawa
Bringing car crazy people together, the River Road Rally is a relaxing pleasure drive for you to bond with your car and other drivers. The route incorporates the "Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway"taking you on a journey through some of the most scenic roads central Illinois has to offer. We start our journey at Autohaus of Peoria and travel north to Ottawa where we will end at the Lone Buffalo Restaurant. Registration is limited so register your car now at riverroadrally.com ...free. Event Type: Entertainment
Area: Peoria

Apr. 29, 2017 - Apr. 29, 2017, 7:00-9:30am
Tawny Oaks Field Station, 715 W Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
This is prime time for migrating songbirds and they come in droves at Tawny Oaks. Starting early is the best time to hear their lively songs. Dust off the binoculars and brush up on bird songs! Tawny Oaks is the newest environmental facility of the Peoria Park District. It is located next to Singing Woods. Grab a park district Playbook to find out more about Tawny Oaks!...donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria

May. 3, 2017 - May. 3, 2017, 10:00am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Nothing is better than starting the day with a warm cup of coffee or tea and breathing some fresh spring air! Participants will love seeing the beauty of spring revealed and the chance to get to know some other nature lovers on this naturalist guided tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will walk up to a half-mile. Look for more walks in May! All ages....donations requested. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

May. 12, 2017 - May. 12, 2017, regular hours
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Celebrate Nations Public Garden Day at Luthy with free tours! ...free, donations accepted. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-686-3362
Area: Peoria

May. 13, 2017 - May. 13, 2017, 7:30-8:30am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising bird watcher gets to see the best assortment of the Nature Center’s feathered friends! Please bring your own binoculars (we have a few pairs to lend out). All levels of experience are welcome. Look for another hike in June! For ages 10+....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

May. 13, 2017 - May. 13, 2017, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The woods ring with music at Forest Park Nature Center’s monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians! In May, the featured musical group is vocalist Sarah Marie Dillard, upright bassist Brandon Mooberry, and drummer Nick Fairly. You will be entertained with SoulFolk with a twist of Jazz....$8-$10. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

May. 17, 2017 - May. 17, 2017, 10:00am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Nothing is better than starting the day with a warm cup of coffee or tea and breathing some fresh spring air! Participants will love seeing the beauty of spring revealed and the chance to get to know some other nature lovers on this naturalist guided tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will walk up to a half-mile. Next walk is May 20! All ages....donations requested. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

May. 20, 2017 - May. 20, 2017, 7:00-9:30am
Tawny Oaks Field Station, 715 W Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
This is prime time for migrating songbirds and they come in droves at Tawny Oaks. Starting early is the best time to hear their lively songs. Dust off the binoculars and brush up on bird songs! Tawny Oaks is the newest environmental facility of the Peoria Park District. It is located next to Singing Woods. Grab a park district Playbook to find out more about Tawny Oaks!...donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria

May. 20, 2017 - May. 20, 2017, 10:00am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Nothing is better than starting the day with a warm cup of coffee or tea and breathing some fresh spring air! Participants will love seeing the beauty of spring revealed and the chance to get to know some other nature lovers on this naturalist guided tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will walk up to a half-mile. Look for more walks in May! All ages....donations requested. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria